UNFPA & the War in Ukraine: 6 months of Support for Women and Girls

Pregnant women giving birth in bomb shelters. Scores of refugees fleeing at the border or waiting at packed stations in the bitter cold to board trains. Women and girls in need of support are enduring trauma and violence. The realities of six months of war in Ukraine have…

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Floods in Yemen upend tens of thousands of lives already fleeing brutal conflict

SANA’A, Yemen – “The sky was full of clouds, then suddenly heavy rain washed away our shelters. Everything we owned – personal documents, blankets, food – it was all destroyed.”  Qubool, 42, is the sole breadwinner for her six children. When fighting erupted near their village in early January,…

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Left in the Dark: How Period Taboos Put Women and Girls at Risk — Friends of UNFPA 

Every day, girls around the world start their first menstrual cycle. A period is a natural and healthy part of a woman’s reproductive health.   For those who are equipped with information, hygiene products, and a supportive community, their first period can be exciting. In Sri Lanka, for example,…

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Women and Girls at Risk in Ukraine Emergency 

Over 12 million people have fled their homes since the beginning of the war in Ukraine in February 2022 – half have left for neighboring countries like Moldova, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, and Poland. Over 6 million Ukrainians remain displaced.   More than 48,000 children have been born in…

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Champion of Human Rights and Former UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Nafis Sadik, passes away at 92

Dr. Nafis Sadik, former Executive Director of UNFPA, passed away on August 14 of natural causes at age 92. Sadik dedicated her life to uplifting the voices and needs of women and girls.  Early work Born in British-ruled India, Sadik received her medical degree from Dow Medical College…

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The 2022 Family of Woman Film Festival

The 14th Annual Family of Woman Film Festival comes back from September 13 – 15, 2022. The Festival was founded to support women and girls through UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health and rights agency. This year, the festival will be held virtually in collaboration with…

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Protected: MAKE A GIFT NOW TO HELP WOMEN AND GIRLS

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What You Didn’t Know About Teenage Pregnancy

Over 250 million women around the world who wish to avoid pregnancy are not using modern contraception. This is a major contributor to the 121 million unintended pregnancies women and girls experience each year. At least 10 million of these are teen pregnancies in the developing world.   Though…

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Sri Lanka’s once robust health system nears collapse amid crisis – and pregnant women pay the price

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – When Ruchika became pregnant with her second child in October 2021, she could not have imagined what her life would like before delivery. Hours before delivering her baby, she found herself in a crowded distribution line, pleading for fuel to get to the hospital. “The…

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Your Impact in 2021

Thanks to your generous support, we reached millions of women and girls with lifesaving care in 2021. You can hear directly from the women and girls you supported and learn more about the impact of your gift in our 2021 Annual Report. Last year, you helped: • Prevent…

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